GALAMSEY: Operation Vanguard destroys 59 Changfang Motors(PHOTOS)

GALAMSEY: Operation Vanguard destroys 59 Changfang Motors(PHOTOS)

March 18, 2021 0 By Nana Kay

Operation Vanguard of the Ghana Police Service has destroyed fifty-nine (59) Changfang motors belonging to illegal miners in the Western Region of Ghana.

The team led by Superintendent of Police Mr. William Kwofie Jabialu, destroyed the machines as part of their mandate to curb illegal minning activities and water pollution in the region.

Giving account of the activities of the operation, the fifty-nine Changfang motors seized from the illegal miners engaging in what is popularly referred to as galamsey was burnt to ashes in a period of four days.

However, a publication by the Ghana Police Service did not say whether or not some of the illegal mining operators were arrested in the process. This lapse in the communication of the operation had left many questioning their work.

In the meantime, concerns are rife of the rising pollution of the water bodies in the region, a situation that had resulted in some water crises in the capital of the region; Sekodi-Takoradi, as the Ghana Water Company Limited is unable to abstract water for treatment and supply to households.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo in his presentation of his final State of the Nation address to the 7th parliament called for an honest conversation on galamsey devoid of politicization.

This call has, however, triggered interesting conversations amongst civil society organizations and political opponents.

According to the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, President Akufo-Addo was victimized for his fight against galamsey during his first term to the point of losing votes and even seats in Parliament.

The Centre for Democratic Development’s (CDD), Kojo Asante Pumpuni admitted that the call for dialogue on the matter by the President is worth noting.

“I think the President is right that we [Ghanaians] need to have an honest conversation about it. But I think the topic is not whether to allow galamsey or not to allow it. But it should be geared towards, permitting small scale mining juxtaposed against illegal mining,” he said.

Contributing to the discussion, the president of the policy think-tank IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe suggested that government first pay attention to the processes of acquiring mining licenses as a starting point in the fight against the menace.

Meanwhile, Centre for Democratic Development’s (CDD), Kojo Asante Pumpuni admitted that the call for dialogue on the matter by the President is worth noting.

“I think the President is right that we [Ghanaians] need to have an honest conversation about it. But I think the topic is not whether to allow galamsey or not to allow it. But it should be geared towards, permitting small scale mining juxtaposed against illegal mining,” he said.

Contributing to the discussion, the president of the policy think-tank IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe suggested that government first pay attention to the processes of acquiring mining licenses as a starting point in the fight against the menace.

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Source: Smartandstuck.com